Enfield Raiders softball team concentrating on the basics
By Calla Vassilopoulos - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., May. 8, 2013
Enfield High School varsity softball welcomes many new players to the team this season. For some players, this will be their first time playing the sport on an organized team.
Though the team has many young and inexperienced players, the athletes have been working together to learn the fundamentals. This is a significant change for coach Albina Belisle, who has previously worked with experienced players who played together long before high school began.
“Honestly, we are working on everything, the fundamentals – judging the ball, catching the ball and finishing the plays,” said Belisle. “Batting has always been a real struggle, too.”
Belisle has recently adopted the 150 Swings to Success Program to help improve the team's batting skills. The drill requires players to complete 25 swings, six different ways; totaling 150 swings each time they practice in order to increase focusing skills.
The team is happy to have Jordan Fritz back this season after being out part of last season due to a collar bone injury. “Fritz has been playing since she was a kid. She is very versatile, which is great. I can put her anywhere on the field,” said Belisle.
The season is half-way through and the team has yet to win, but Emma Candib, a switch player who plays both JV and varsity, continues to be optimistic.
“It’s going pretty good," she said. "There are a few things we need to work on as a team. For me, it’s batting,” said Candib, who is currently out due to a concussion.
Cassidy Lang and McKayla Weaver are among the new players being welcomed to the team this year. This is Weaver's first time playing softball as an organized sport, but she is an all-around good athlete, according to Belisle.